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Wrestling heart : the autoethnographic faith journey of a developing psychologist

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dc.contributor.advisor Laidlaw, Christine Wittstock, Luke Jonathan 2019-11-01T09:29:40Z 2019-11-01T09:29:40Z 2019-04
dc.description.abstract This autoethnography tells the story of my faith journey with a special focus on my years as a Catholic seminarian and the change towards embarking on a career as a clinical psychologist. Pertinent childhood experiences are also shared to contextualise my story. The narrative, “Wrestling Heart”, is the centre and the produced data of this autoethnography. As an “evocative” narrative, it independently seeks to fulfil many of the goals of an autoethnography, such as being therapeutic for both writer and readers, and imbuing culture with critical thinking. The sharing of the narrative is augmented with a thematic analysis of it and Carl Rogers’ Person-Centred Approach is mainly used to comprehend the gleaned themes. The movement towards a comprehension of my experience is consistent with the philosophical foundation of this study: phenomenology. It is envisaged that the utility of this study lies primarily in its interrogation of the relationship between religion and mental health, its in-depth depiction of an individual grappling with their faith in relation to mental health, and the way in which the writing of this autoethnography therapeutically fostered greater congruence for me the writer, as I prepare to work as a clinical psychologist. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 300 leaves) : illustrations, color photographs
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Autoethnography
dc.subject Faith
dc.subject Catholicism
dc.subject Phenomenology
dc.subject Carl Rogers
dc.subject Person-Centred Psychology
dc.subject Clinical Psychology
dc.subject Catholic Priesthood
dc.subject Seminarian
dc.subject Self-actualisation
dc.subject.ddc 616.89092
dc.subject.lcsh Wittstock, Luke Jonathan
dc.subject.lcsh Clinical psychologists -- Biography
dc.subject.lcsh Client-centered psychotherapy
dc.subject.lcsh Rogers, Carl R. (Carl Ransom), 1902-1987
dc.subject.lcsh Self-actualization (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Clinical psychology -- Moral and ethical aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Catholic Church -- Clergy -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Maturation (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Faith and reason
dc.subject.lcsh Catholic theological seminaries -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Priesthood -- Catholic Church
dc.title Wrestling heart : the autoethnographic faith journey of a developing psychologist en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology M.A. (Clinical Psychology)

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